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Chaotic ballast water and vessel discharge issues have attracted the attention of the American Great Lakes Port Association (AGLPA), an organization representing the interests of commercial port users, and the ports themselves, on the US side of the Great Lakes.

A shortage of suitably qualified class society personnel capable of approving ballast water treatment system drawings could become a potential “show stopper”, according to system manufacturer Optimarin boss, Tore Andersen.

Optamarin has bagged a contract to supply 15 ballast water treatment systems (BWT) for vessels being built by Vard.

The Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention has edged closer to ratification with the accession of Peru.

The challenges surrounding the adoption of ballast water management systems have not really changed but several subtle differences and the best way of dealing with the changes were highlighted by Intertanko deputy md Joe Angelo, the keynote speaker at the Newsfront/Naftiliaki Ballast Water Management Summit 2016.

Saint Lucia has become the 50th country to ratify the IMO’s Ballast Water Management (BWM) convention, but it does not help bring the convention any closer in coming into force.

Shipping association Bimco has identified two “top priorities” for IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting next week, in line with the stance of fellow shipowner body ICS.

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has released details of the submissions it will be making to what it calls the “critical” upcoming meeting of the IMO’s MEPC (Marine Environment Protection Committee) taking place in London 18 -22 April.

Car carrier Höegh Osaka, which developed an uncontrollable list off Southampton in January 2015, fell victim to miscalculations on weight, ballast levels and centre of gravity, according to a Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report.

Fiji yesterday signed six treaties of the IMO, including the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention where it became the 49th state to do so.

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